Public schools in Alameda, Oakland and San Leandro received $2.4 million in health care grants from President Obama's Affordable Care Act, according to a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of student health in California.
The East Bay grants are part of $14.3 million awarded to 31 school-based health centers across California, California School Health Centers Association announced Wednesday.
In Alameda, a $412,000 grant was awarded to Alameda Family Services for improvements at the clinic at Encinal High School. In Berkeley, $500,000 will go to Lifelong Medical Care to help it build a mobile dental clinic at Elmhurst Middle School in Oakland. Children's Hospital Oakland got $500,000 for an expansion of the Youth Uprising clinic at Castlemont High School and the Fred Finch Children's Home in Oakland received $500,000 to set up a student health center. In San Leandro, $500,000 goes to the school district for a new school-based health center at a site that has not been determined.
The grants are meant to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for students, and the health centers that received them provide the same kind of care available in doctors' offices or clinics, according to the association.
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